‘Flaming marvellous’ – Black Country gas engineers say ‘thanks’ to the NHS

Inspired by the weekly ‘Clap for our Carers’, five Black Country gas engineers went one step further to show their appreciation for NHS staff battling the Covid-19 pandemic in Dudley.

Emergency engineers for local gas distributor Cadent, Phil Carter, Jake Keeling, Luke Stevens, Tom Haywood and Craig Cox put their hands in their pockets and clubbed together to buy a banner expressing their thanks to hard-working staff at Russells Hall Hospital.
They presented the banner to the hospital this week to lift the spirits of those working to save lives during the pandemic and it is now taking pride of place outside the building.
Cadent First Call Operative Phil Carter, who organised the whip-round, said: “We wanted to show our appreciation for our local hospital. Our depot is based just around the corner from Russells Hall and we wanted to do something special.
“The NHS is doing an amazing job, saving lives in very difficult circumstances. As key workers ourselves we wanted to say a big ‘thank you’ for everything they do.”
Cadent’s Black Country emergency and repair engineers are continuing their vital work to keep gas supplies flowing and deal with gas emergencies.

Craig Hansbury, Cadent’s Customer Operations Area Manager for the Black Country, said : “We know that people rely on us to keep them warm and safe and, as key workers, our staff are on the frontline doing just that. We will continue to deal with gas escapes and deadly carbon monoxide.

“However, we are taking additional precautions to keep our customers and our staff safe, especially if we have to go into people’s homes. You can find out more on our website at https://cadentgas.com/coronavirus.”

Pictured left to right: Luke Stevens, Craig Cox and Phil Carter.



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